Otis Pike at Fire Island Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Designated a national park by congress in 1964, the beaches of the Fire Island National Seashore, and specifically the seashore between Watch Hill and Smith Point County Park, comprise the only Federal Wilderness Area in New York State. Permitting dogs only between Labor Day Weekend’s end and March 15 of each year, this beach hike is well worth an off-season visit with your dog. Your deserving canine will undoubtedly enjoy frolicking in the waves and rolling in the sand while you take in the miles of beauty around you. The eastern end of this hike at Smith Point is accessible by car year-round, while the western end at Watch Hill is accessible only by ferry from May to October of each year. You may choose to travel this route end-to-end as a 7-mile shuttle hike utilizing the ferry (dog-friendly) from Labor Day through the end of October. From November through March 15, this walk becomes a 14-mile out-and-back journey. Also note that given the fragile nature of the dunes, both you and your dog should refrain from climbing the sandy hills at any point."